It turns out that eating chocolate mindfully is harder than it looks.
I’m glad to report that I survived my first week of the mindful eating chocolate challenge And I still have chocolate left. WOOT!
For the first day or two whenever I chose to eat a piece of my chocolate, the only conscious decision I made was how much to eat. Not wanting to go overboard on it, I regaled myself to two squares/pieces because those came the closest to one ounce.
It was rather freeing knowing that it was okay to eat the chocolate and not feel guilty. A couple of days into the challenge though and I felt myself not really craving it so much as just wanting to eat it because I COULD. There was no feeling of shame to it or that I shouldn’t have this piece of chocolate. Unfortunately there was also no feeling of NEEDING the chocolate either. I felt like I had moved past craving and onto eating out of obligation. Not cool Chocolate lover. Not. Cool.
But that got me thinking, since I had removed the stigmata of feeling shame for wanting chocolate, couldn’t I also remove the mindset that I should eat it because it’s there? I feel like the answer to this is yes and it’s just going to take time for me to find the balance of craving vs. eating because of availabilty. I already know that I’m a boredom eater (I eat when I’m bored) or when I’m working (speaking of which, I have a weekend of editing ahead of me… please pass the potato chips).
On Thursday I checked in on Dr. Albers’ Facebook page (that’s where the Mindful Eating Chocolate Challenge is taking place!) I wanted to see what was happening there and I found a video that I think is really going to help me move from eating a food because it’s there to eating it with purpose (what I call mindful eating).
I don’t know if I’m totally on board yet with invoking the feelings of eating chocolate. Though I do know there have been times when I’ve absolutely felt a feeling of joy,peace, relief (whatever you want to call it) come over me when I’ve had a glass of iced tea or chocolate, especially when I haven’t had any in awhile (I believe this is how drug addicts must feel when they get a fix). Perhaps it’s those feelings that I am to strive for in this mindful eating challenge and then learn how to harness them (FOR GOOD, NOT EVIL <– sorry I couldn’t resist!). I’m going to take a different approach going into this week and let you know.
Read from the beginning to learn about my Mindful Eating Chocolate Challenge and follow me and my #chocolatechallenge hashtag on Instagram. You can also visit Dr. Albers via her Facebook page or read about others and their experience with the Mindful Eating Chocolate Challenge on EatQ.
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